Bahraini short film Souq Al Markazi (Central Market) will compete in an international competition at Calgary International Film Festival in the province of Alberta in Canada. The short debuted at Montreal World Film Festival in August this year.
Saleh Nass, Director of Central Market said: “I’m happy that Central Market is showing again in Canada almost immediately after its debut there. It seems that Canada likes the film! Alberta is a stunning part of the country and it would be nice to show a little bit of Bahrain to audiences there.”
Central Market will head south after Calgary to make it’s US debut at the Arab Film Festival in San Francisco, California. Founded in 1996, The Arab Film Festival is the largest independent annual showcase of Arab films and filmmakers in the US.
Central Market tells the story of a boy who works his afternoons at the local fruit and vegetable market carrying groceries and delivering produce, when an opportunity arises to make some ‘serious cash’ by milking a goat at a nearby pen.
The film stars young Bahraini talent Abdulla Hassan. It was written and directed by Saleh Nass and filmed by Chaker Ben Yahmed. Bahraini music maestro Mohammed Haddad made the music for the film while the sound was recorded by Adel Mahmood and sound designer Abdulla Jamal. It is partly funded by the Ministry of Culture & Dubai’s Enjaaz and produced by Elements Cine Productions.
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